Thursday, October 19, 2006

Slingy fast bowler Shaun Tait is staking his claim for Ashes selection in the Pura cup, as South Australia look to bowl out New South Wales for less than 280 on the final day tomorrow.
Tait took 4-70 in the first innings to help his side to a useful lead of 95 runs. Sidelined through injury after his stint in the baggy green in the 2005 Ashes series, Jason Gillespie took over the mantle of first change bowler against bangladesh.
Gillespie, who averaged 11 with the ball and made a double hundred as nightwatchman on his return against the Tigers, seems less than optimistic about his reselection however. Calling for the selectors to pick 'young punks' the veteran speedster praised Tait, saying he 'can run through teams'.
'He bowls with genuine pace, swinging yorkers and he's unpredictable. He's got some serious talent.' Gillespie continued. Tait has taken 5 wickets at an average of 42 runs in his two test matches so far. Both were against England during last years Ashes series when Gillespie was dropped for averaging 100.
Gillespie has never really been his old self since losing the new ball to Brett Lee. Even though McGrath was sidelined in the Edgebaston test and Gillespie was allowed to open up once again he bowled with less zip than he used to and was generally treated like fodder by Englands batsmen.
Gillespie might be showing some bias however, as Shaun Tait is his new ball partner at South Australia. So far in the Pura Cup match Gillespie has blanked, returning first innings figures of 13-1-41-0. After a poor season with Yorkshire no wonder he's so optimistic about not getting the nod this winter, let alone ever seeing the new ball again.


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